Forest fire contained after burning six days
PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Forestry officials say they have contained a southern Ohio wildfire that consumed nearly 2,900 acres in six days.
Firefighters were aided by a helicopter that dumped water on the blaze in the 63,000-acre Shawnee State Forest near Portsmouth. Officials plan to monitor the perimeter of the fire to extinguish any hot spots.
They say Ohio averages about 4,500 acres of forest lost to fire each year.
A volunteer firefighter has been charged with arson and possession of criminal tools after trying to flee when officers approached him near the site of the fire last weekend.
It was unclear whether those charges were linked to the forest fire.
Officials say hiking trails in the area will remain closed for safety reasons.